'Tis not the season for homemade eggnog, says Utah State University Extension nutrition specialist Georgia Lauritzen.

Several recent outbreaks of food-borne illness have occurred in other parts of the country because of people using raw eggs infected with salmonella bacteria, Lauritzen said.She warned that homemade eggnog and other foods containing raw eggs, such as mayonnaise and ice cream, should be avoided, even though risk of food poisoning is small.

Christmas revelers who want eggnog on their holiday menu, she said, should use commercial beverage made from pasteurized eggs.

While the chance of contracting salmonellosis from eggs is slim, Lauritzen said, proper handling, storage and cooking practices should be followed, as with all perishable foods.